Guy Davies, EPSA  

Library Stairs, Liverpool by Guy Davies, EPSA

June 2020 - Library Stairs, Liverpool

About the Image(s)

I’m getting staircase withdrawal symptoms, so it’s time for another staircase shot! This is another view of the superb interior of the library in Liverpool (England), taken on a visit there in October 2018. Looking down from the upper balcony, I used a wide angle to get two of the three staircases in the shot. At home I opened in ON1 RAW and brightened up the white sides of the staircases and the brown fronts of the balconies, and darkened down the corners. I also lightened the part-oval white desk at the ground level and enhanced the words on the floor. Unfortunately, the camera position that gives the best composition shows the words upside down, but that was out of my control. Camera was my Lumix G9 with Leica 12-60 lens at 12 mm (equivalent to 24 mm full frame). Exposure was 1/10 sec at f/10 and ISO 800. It had to be hand held as there was no way I could use a tripod for this shot.

Regards and hope you are keeping well

This round’s discussion is now closed!
14 comments posted

Vella Kendall   Vella Kendall
Very interesting angles and I like the spots of colors. It reminds me of the artists, I think Eshar.   Posted: 06/03/2020 14:20:26

Isaac Vaisman M.D.   Isaac Vaisman M.D.
Guy, you are the stairs master. Here again I place the question going up or down ?? we have leading lines going all over contrasting with the vertical pillars of the structure. The presence of people give dimension to the image. The upside down writing gives us food for thought and to exercise our brain trying to read it as is (very good exercise to delay brain deterioration). The image is very sharp for a 1/10 shutter speed. Good human tripod indeed. The colors are well balanced and PP for the light conditions.   Posted: 06/05/2020 08:29:28
Guy Davies   Guy Davies
Thanks for the nice comments, Isaac. I did wonder about flipping it which would have made the writing even more interesting...   Posted: 06/05/2020 11:21:37

Bill Buchanan   Bill Buchanan
I'm glad you're stepping out. A very interesting architectural study. The exposure and white balance is perfect. Have ever considered creating a vertical panorama to include the upper stair? I would like to see more of the beginning of that stair. However, overall it's a great shot.   Posted: 06/06/2020 16:07:32
Guy Davies   Guy Davies
I didn't think of that at the time, Bill. Must go back some time.   Posted: 06/07/2020 11:23:38

Joseph Hearst   Joseph Hearst
Dear Mr. Escher, I like the composition a lot. It makes me want to wander the stairs, though in my condition I really prefer to use a lift. I also enjoy the reflections on the horizontal surfaces.   Posted: 06/06/2020 16:33:17
Guy Davies   Guy Davies
I think it was Escher that inspired me, possibly sub-consciously.   Posted: 06/07/2020 11:26:05
Ian Chantler   Ian Chantler
Hi Joe
To make you feel at ease there are several lifts in the building.   Posted: 06/10/2020 14:49:21

Ian Chantler   Ian Chantler
Hi Guy
I am so glad you are back on staircases but not as glad you moved into my manor and pinched one of mine.
Seriously along with the staircase at the Museum of Liverpool my favourite staircase to photograph.I was fortunate enough to be invited to the re-opening of the Museum after its multi million pound rebuild about 5 years ago and it just takes your breath away as for the image you have captured it perfectly and so done it justice.I have had many acceptances with similar images.   Posted: 06/10/2020 14:54:07
Guy Davies   Guy Davies
Apologies for trespassing on your patch Ian, but once inside I just couldn't stop pressing the shutter! If you ever get over may way I'll be happy to show you some our local places - Saltburn, Staithes, Swaledale stone barns... You'll probably get better shots than any I have!   Posted: 06/11/2020 04:15:13
Ian Chantler   Ian Chantler
Guy I have been so lucky to see your printed work first hand its top drawer I think I could only learn from the Master.   Posted: 06/11/2020 06:05:28
Guy Davies   Guy Davies
Ian, you are too kind. You have some excellent work yourself.   Posted: 06/11/2020 07:50:49

Erik Rosengren   Erik Rosengren
You did a good job positioning your camera lens to take this scene all in. Your hands must still be steady to pull off a sharp 1/10 sec. exposure. Leading lines and warm color every ware. Have you tried this image in Mono?   Posted: 06/14/2020 13:46:23
Guy Davies   Guy Davies
I was probably leaning against the railing on the top floor to steady myself, and my Lumix G9 does have good in-body stabilisation that works with the lens stabilisation. I am working on a couple of similar images in mono. One of them shows all three staircases so should make Bill happy!   Posted: 06/15/2020 08:23:33